Not everybody eats meat and it's important to understand that there are plenty of plant-based protein sources out there for those of you who do not LOVE tofu. Plant-based proteins are important in every diet, including the carnivorous meateaters diet.
These protein sources add variety, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals you may not be getting from your favorite chicken wing. Of course, if you were to eat the whole bird, guts, eyes, and all, then you'd be able to argue with that statement...
Now, it's important to note that "protein" isn't a food group, and that it can be eaten in many forms including vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
We selected these protein sources because they are affordable, flexible, and can be used for dozens of recipes. We'd love to hear how you use each of these foods.
1 cup serving = 28 grams protein
Not only do soy beans have an excellent amount of protein, these nutty green beans have an excellent amount of vitamin K, copper, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and fiber. Soy beans can be purchased in the freezer aisle and added into chili, soups, or served roasted with some sushi!
2 Tablespoons = 6 grams protein
Chia seeds have really come up in the world, haven't they? We just love using them to make chia puddings, parfaits, and adding them into smoothies for an added punch of protein, fats, and fiber. To get the most out of your chia seeds, you should grind them up with a grinder because studies show that the body struggles to absorb the fatty acids from the seeds in their whole form.
1/2 cup serving = 5 grams protein
Almonds are a swell addition to any diet in moderation. These nuts are loaded with biotin, vitamin E, and omega-g fatty acids. And did you know that almonds have proven to lower cholesterol? Awesome. Consider keeping a container of them in your bag or adding them to a salad every now and again.
2 tablespoons = 2.5 grams protein
Okay, so flaxseeds are holding a ton of protein, but they are really nutritious and make a wonderful addition to smoothies, breads, and oatmeal. Flaxseeds have 133% of your daily omega-3 fatty acids.
Sites We Love
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